There is one sure fire way to fund a feature film project – cast Will Smith. Since that scenario is a tad out reach for most of us, creativity is needed when raising the absurd amount of money necessary to shoot a movie. Nathan Anderson, founder of NoDak Films, is hoping his fundraising creativity pays off. Literally.
Rather than seek out a small number of large investors, Anderson is building a large number of small investors. It’s a similar formula employed by B.Sting Entertainment for their 2007 feature, Arnold’s Park, now available on DVD under the title, Carousel of Revenge.
Before Arnold’s Park became Carousel of Revenge, it was known simply as The People’s Movie. The concept was to give hundreds – if not thousands – of ‘producers’ an opportunity to have a collective voice in the production of the movie. An online community voted on everything from casting decisions to plot points. The finished movie received mostly poor reviews citing sub-par acting and a lackluster story.
NoDak’s approach keeps creative control in Anderson’s hands, but the online community he is building appears to be invested in the process and very supportive of NoDak’s mission. For a state with a feature film lineup about as lengthy as a list of underpaid New York Yankees, Anderson’s desire to paint a grand picture of his home state is apparently igniting a stir with the locals. If success smiles on NoDak Films, its namesake state could find itself on Hollywood’s radar.
For a more detailed account of Nathan Anderson and his upstart, NoDak Films, check out the wonderful three part series written by The Fargo Internet Business Examiner.